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're talking about a very active and i think in some ways very out queer community across the united states. or whether we're talking about an enormous body of young voters who are either ignored or sort of pandered to or in some ways, you know, kind of distorted, i think that what we're having is a new country emerging that's been in the making for a long time, and that in different regions we've already seen its face. but i think for the first time, sort of revealed itself more fully to the entire country. >> are there no honest mirrors reflecting back to us what you just talked about? >> sure. but, you know, you've got to really be interested in that. and sometimes your mindset, you know, doesn't allow you to see it. i mean, how many people do i know who work in a building where every single person who makes that building possible is latino, you know? and yet, when you ask them, "do you know any latinos?" they're like, "nah, really, the latino community's growing?" and yet everybody that holds the door, all the way up to the guys who run the mechanical systems in the building. and so, of
committee's ranking republican, orrin hatch. a trio of perpetrators who treat the united states treasury as if it were a cash-and-carry annex of corporate america. the "times" story described how amgen got a huge hidden gift from unnamed members of congress and their staffers. they slipped an eleventh hour loophole into the new year's eve deal that kept the government from going over the fiscal cliff. and when the sun rose in the morning, there it was, a richly embroidered loophole for amgen that will cost taxpayers -- that's you and me -- a cool half a billion dollars. yes, half a billion dollars. amgen is the world's largest biotechnology firm, a drug manufacturer that sells a variety of medications. the little clause secretly sneaked into the fiscal cliff bill gives the company two more years of relief from medicare cost controls for certain drugs used by patients on kidney dialysis. the provision didn't mention amgen by name, but according to reporters lipton and sack, the news that it had been tucked into the fiscal cliff deal "was so welcome that the company's chief executive quick
of confidence is supposed to work. i mean, it's the united states is not like a european country that doesn't have its own currency. the u.s. government cannot run out of cash unless congress prevents it, you know creates an entirely self-inflicted shortage through the debt ceiling. how is it exactly that we're supposed to have this crisis that leads to a double dip recession? it really doesn't even make sense as a story. and yet it is one of those things that people say and by and large, are not contradicted on. >> we keep hearing from the right that we're here on the path to becoming greece, and you say that that's impossible? >> yeah. we, even if, suppose that people decided, investors decided they don't like u.s. government debt, it can't cause a funding crisis because the u.s. government prints money. it's even hard to see how it can drive up interest rates because the fed sets interest rates at the short end, and why exactly would the long run rates go up if you don't expect the fed to raise rates? it could lead to a weakening of the u.s. dollar against other currencies. but that's ac
-time record year in the united states, for example. we had 14 individual climate and weather related disasters that each cost this country more than $1 billion. that was an all-time record, blew away previous records. and in 2012, we had events ranging from the summer-like days in january in chicago with people out on the beach, clearly not a normal occurrence, an unusually warm spring, record setting searing temperatures across much of the lower 48, one of the worst droughts that america has ever experienced, a whole succession of extreme weather events. and i haven't even gotten to hurricane sandy yet. >> right. >> and the real question is at what point do we put on the brakes? so let me st use a simplifying analogy here. in some ways this issue is kind of like we're in a car driving through a very dark night, there're kids in the back, they're t buckled. we're fiddlingith the rao, we're probably eating something at the same time and we're passing warning signs that are sayi, "curvy road up ahead. mountain road up ahead. be careful, there are landslides." and yet we're going probably 70 mile
tuesday in red, the 22nd of january. that's the day the united states senate could decide whether to return from the dead by reforming the filibuster and allowing democracy to work. once upon a time, the filibuster enabled a clique of senators, or even just one, to prolong things by speaking. you had to hold the floor continuously by not shutting up until you drop. that's what happened when mr. smith went to washington. >> mr. smith is here to see democracy's finest show of filibuster. free speech in its most dramatic form. well, i'm going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause. even if this room gets filled with flies. and if all the armies come marching into this place, somebody will listen to me. >> no longer. the rules were changed in 1975, and these days that one senator, or a clique of them, can bring the entire senate to its these without being there in person or saying a word. while our founding fathers believed in checks and balances, they feared that kind of obstructionism. alexander hamilton, the handsome, conservative man on our $10 bill, argued against anyth
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